'City In The Sky'
(DVD / PG / 2017 / PBS)
Overview: At any one time, there are around one million people airborne somewhere in the world; that equates to an entire airborne city a city in the sky. Straddling whole continents, the fabric of this extraordinary construction consists of the 100,000 flights that crisscross the world every single day.
DVD Verdict: If you have ever thought to yourself, especially watching one of these PBS documentaries, that you wish you had thought of this for a show, well, join the club! Because here on my own list of Why-didn't-I-think-of-that-for-a-show documentaries is an unbelievable tale of, well, real life above our heads!
So, if you ever have to see what it takes to fly from airport construction to jet design to fuel transport to keeping you secure while in the air or on the land, do not miss this documentary. Unbelievable information, from start to finish, trust me.
A380 is 240 feet wide by 80 feet high and expected to fly some 60 million miles. Ghent, Belgium is one of the biggest jet fuel facilities in the world with 25 tank, each tank holding some 12 million gallons of fuel, enough fuel to fill up some 370 planes. Every tank needs to be cleaned from any yeast and mold that grows in the water in the fuel in the tanks before being transported to the airports in total of some 2.4 billion gallons of fuel each year through 3000 miles of underground piping called CENTRAL EUROPEAN PIPELINE SYSTEM or CEPS which was built by NATO in 1950s.
US goes through 63 million gallons of jet fuel a day. Frankfurt airport has to refill 230 aircraft a day. Yakutsk, Siberia is the coldest city on earth and aviation is its lifeline. At -53 F, they must wrap the tires of the planes in blankets and heat the plane with outside heaters to protect the plane from freezing. Frankfurt airport handles 60 million passengers a year but Atlanta airport in the US handles 100 million a year with some 300 thousand passengers just in the Thanksgiving weekend.
Flight is a remarkable achievement and with 100 thousand passengers taking to the sky across the world every single day, this BBC documentary is one very informative educational, entertaining and worthy documentary. A must-see documentary. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.